The Waikato is an amazing place to live and work, but did you know that it’s also home to a huge variety of wedding venues? Being a central location that’s quick and easy to travel to, there are massive benefits to hosting your wedding here in the mighty Waikato. We’re an easy drive from both east and west coast beaches, as well as the mountains of the central plateau, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty.

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing weddings at so many of the amazing wedding venues in and around Hamilton and the wider Waikato area, so I decided to take some time to bring them all together in one post, giving you a walkthrough guide to some of my favourites. This post is a work in progress and more walk-through galleries will be added with time.


Woodside Estate

Woodside Estate is an expansive wedding venue in Matangi, just 20 minutes from Hamilton City. The estate extends over 15 acres and offers a variety of different garden areas to explore and use for your wedding ceremony.

Options for ceremony and photo locations are endless at this venue with no need to travel offsite or leave your guests for wedding photography, and they can explore and enjoy the gardens and many historic buildings on site. The lakehouse provides a nice location for guests to mingle with a conversation-inspiring collection of sport and Kiwiana memorabilia displayed throughout. 

Choose to get married in the gorgeous natural chapel, on the private lakeside beach, in front of the historic Raglan Tennis Pavillion or amongst any of the many beautifully manicured garden areas.   

This venue can accommodate a reception room for events up to 120 people within its beautiful restaurant with wooden cathedral vaulted ceiling and offers wedding coordination, venue staff and catering. Parking is plentiful and the venue is located close enough to the city to allow taxis as a realistic option for the transport of guests safely after the reception. 

Browse through the gallery of photos here and to find out more contact their wedding coordinator at info@woodsideestate.co.nz


The Red Barn

The Red Barn is nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Hinuera plains located between Matamata and Cambridge, approximately 40 minutes from Hamilton City.

Another historic venue, The Red Barn offers a rustic vibe in a secluded location with vistas of rural Waikato farmland and features ancient formations of Hinuera stone on the property (as well as incorporated into the venue landscaping). 

Situated on a working dairy farm, the venue offers a classical long treelined drive which is a favourite for photographs, beautiful 360-degree views, and well-designed ceremony location under a massive oak tree. There is plenty of room for guests to mix and mingle both indoors and out, and there is dedicated parking available, including space for vans or coaches to turn and park. The huge Hinuera stone fireplace and the dancefloor is a centrepiece for evening functions year-round.

The Red Barn can host up to 140 guests for a plated or buffet reception meal and offers onsite catering and wedding day coordination. 

Browse through the gallery of photos here and to find out more contact their wedding coordinator at info@redbarn.co.nz


Woodlands Historic Estate

Woodlands Historic Estate is a nearly 150-year-old homestead, beautifully restored to its original state and sits amongst elegant gardens that contain some of New Zealand’s notable trees. 

As a wedding and function venue, Woodland’s offers several different ceremony sites, including the long lawn in front of the homestead, a stunning oak-tree glade, the village green as well as the Kauri room if an indoor option is needed. 

The master bedroom of the homestead is available for the wedding party to use for preparations and provides a special and picturesque spot for photos before and after the ceremony. The staircase at the entrance to the homestead offers a particularly romantic photo opportunity. 

Just minutes from Gordonton, this is another wonderful venue with everything you need on-site with gardens for guests to enjoy, including several pretty bridges, a peaceful gazebo, tree swing and many hidden places to explore. 

Woodland’s has the capacity to seat up to 150 guests (and more upon request) in The Wisteria Room and has dedicated space for outdoor garden party style receptions.  Wedding and event coordination is offered as part of their varied wedding packages and catering is available through Kerr & Ladbrook.
Browse through the gallery of photos here and to find out more contact their wedding coordinator at info@woodlands.co.nz


The Henley

The Henley is a country house hotel and wedding venue offering a unique blend of relaxed luxury, intuitive service and divine dining options, all nestled in 29 acres of gorgeous park-like grounds. The Henley is stylish, subtly English in feel and just a little bit posh. 

The gorgeous grounds afford a bountiful choice of ceremony locations, including the cute-as-a-button chapel with stained glass windows, a cherry blossom alley, gorgeous tree lined glades, wisteria covered pergolas and even a romantic lake for the perfect photos.

Onsite accommodation in the hotel itself means you can just relax and get ready onsite taking all the stress away, or perhaps have a spa, bubbly high tea or drinks in the grounds with your bridal party, a perfect lead up to the special day. Having the onsite accommodation makes it easy for those special people in your life to not only share the day but to stay and then have a fabulous breakfast in the morning with your nearest & dearest. Why limit it to just the girls as there is plenty of room for both sides of the wedding party to get ready within the hotel without risk of seeing each other before the big moment. This is an all-in-one venue that provides everything you need onsite for your guest’s comfort such as indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, spa, tennis, gym and an abundance of options for wedding photography.
The Henley can cater for weddings or events from 2 to 200 guests inside its Manor building or purpose-built Arbory Room and offers a professional & experienced team who love nothing better than a good country wedding.

Browse through the gallery of photos here and to find out more contact their wedding coordinator at info@thehenley.co.nz



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